This is a warning (more like a reminder) that this is just preseason, and we should tame our excitement regarding our players. Its encouraging to hear that O'Bryant is looking good in our first few games, and that Walker looks like he belongs, but before we start to set anything in stone, lets remember a few things:
-in preseason, teams play their second and third stringers a lot, which is basically garbage time to work on things
-because coaches play their benches more, guys who won't normallly get a lot of playing time will get a lot of playing time, thus putting up better numbers
-because these bench players are getting more time, and the starters rest more, plays will be called for them that they probably won't ever get to see during the regular season.
What I'm saying is some players off the bench will start to shine in preseason, and if we aren't careful, we're going to want them playing big minutes when the regular eason rolls around, thinking they'll put up similar numbers like they did in preseason. But we'll be brought back down to earth when they look lost going up against opposing starters.
But of course, its also a time to be encouraged when we see O'Bryant, Walker, and Pruitt etc., playing well. That bodes well for our growing confidence in our bench. Just don't take it too far and tell your friends that O'Bryant is going to be an All-Star this season
I am one that needs this reminder. I get so excited by summer league and preseason performances from the young guys. One thing though I have believed in Perk and Leon since the beginning and it may have taken awhile but both are growing into solid players. It was their work ethic that won me over. I see that same work ethic in Bill Walker and believe that he is going to be a very solid pro.
I don't see O'Bryant as an all star but do think he is going to be a solid back up for Perk.
I worry a little about Tony. He still is inconsistent and is up one game and down the next. We need him to be solid and consistent from one game to the next.
Thanks for the reminder to keep my enthusiasm in moderation, but I still can't help but be excited by what I have seen so far.